fried lotus root chips

March 1, 2011

I was so impressed with myself after making fried lotus root chips. To me, these are the be-all, end-all of exotic vegetables. How disappointing (and slightly embarrassing) to read later in the raw epicurean that lotus root can be a potato-substitute and on serious eats all the myriad ways one might prepare them. Well, in […]

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spaghetti with sea urchin

February 17, 2011

I came across this recipe ages ago in a really cool cookbook, Sweet Myrtle and Bitter Honey. It is about Sardinian food. Hegui and I saw the author, Efisio Farris, give an interview and cooking demonstration on some Martha Stewart show a few years ago. I immediately got the book, read through it, then got […]

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PPO2: Pumpkin Pie Obsession, the Sequel, or Pumpkin Pie à la Skinny

January 31, 2011

It’s January and I am still in the throws of PPO: pumpkin pie obsession. I can’t get my mind off those round, wholesome, satisfying pies. There is something very comforting about pumpkins and pies. I decided that there was nothing for it but to make a few more. This time, I went totally vegan. Tofu […]

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eggplant kuku

January 27, 2011

My parents were in town over the weekend. They live way across the Country in Virginia, so a visit is a welcome treat. This was a working trip as they’re paying for us to have our kitchen remodeled. That is incredibly generous! We didn’t have time for sightseeing as we spent most of it planning […]

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chickpea falafel

January 14, 2011

I was so proud of myself after successfully making this chickpea falafel. (Is that plural or singular? Do you say “falafels” or “falafel” if you’re referring to more than one of these savory balls of goodness or what? Maybe it is like the word “shrimp?”) Falafel is something that I’ve eaten often and really enjoyed. […]

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seafood vegetable nabe

January 7, 2011

Nabe (sometimes called nabemono) is a brothy soup made with a hodgepodge of vegetables, seafood and meat that is prepared with all of the aforementioned items combined into endless “weirdcombinations.” If you have not tried classic nabes such as Oden, Sukiaki, Shabu-Shabu or Chanko Nabe you are definitely missing out! They are all delicious and […]

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bolo de marmelo com côco e amêndoas

December 21, 2010

I wanted to subtitle this recipe, “rinse and repeat tropical style,” but decided against it at the last minute as it makes the name too long. Really, this is just a retread of my attempt to create Clotilde’s quince almond cake with the addition of some dried shredded coconut. Hegui was so enchanted by the […]

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Irene’s zucchini oatmeal raisin bread

December 17, 2010

Irene is my paternal grandmother, though she prefers “Granny” to “Grandma.” Apparently it makes her feel younger. For a year when I was a child, my family and I lived in Geneva, Switzerland where I attended a private English-speaking school in the Third Grade. I had a Scottish friend in my class who taught me […]

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“classic” pecan pie

December 3, 2010

I love calling things “classic.” It makes them seem more profound, filled with gravitas, or timeless, even. Think “classic Napa cabernet” or maybe a “classic Ford Mustang.” Perhaps, too, “classic” also sounds pretentious and over-priced. Well, I’ve no idea whether or not this pecan pie is a classic, but if in fact it is, then […]

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apple pear cinnamon cake

November 23, 2010

The other day our neighbor Ann gave us two big bags full of delicious pears and apples she grows in her country home south of San Francisco along the California Central Coast. Everything that she produces is organic. In the past she’s given us zucchini, Japanese eggplant, basil, bok choy greens, lemons and more. Thank […]

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